By Joshua Motsomane
THABAZIMBI – The Thabazimbi Local Municipality in partnership with Anglo American KIO Thabazimbi Mine welcomed October Transport Month (OTM) by embarking on a Road Safety Awareness campaign.
It is customary for Thabazimbi Mine to celebrate SHE Day Annually and this year the celebration highlighted the strive for zero harm, recognized the milestones achieved in safety and promotes the ideals of acting safely, responsibly and sustainably as part of a broader organizational culture.
The theme for the 2013 evant was “Risk Assessment”. Anglo American KIO Thabazimbi mine identified the road safety awareness to be part of their 2013 SHE Day. The road safety awareness was implemented over certain days within the jurisdiction of Thabazimbi Local Municipality. Grades 6 pupils from Deo Gloria and Ysterberg primary schools were identified and participated fully in road safety awareness. After being taught about the road safety rules, they walked from Thaba Park through town to Itereleng Sports Ground.
The October Transport Month (OTM) Campaign was officially declared in 2005 during the Transport Lekgotla.
It is used to raise awareness on the important role of transport in the economy, to solicit participation from civil society and business in providing a safer, more affordable, accessible and reliable transport system. The OTM campaign also creates a platform to mobilise public and private sector participation in transport projects aimed at developing the country’s economy and for sustainable job creation.
Ms Grace Rasesepa, Manager Social Services for TLM, said that as transport month are celebrated, the impact it has on our economy and the social fabric of our society as well as the impact that these fatalities have on them too, must be understood. Road safety should thus be our daily focus.
“As a start let us, each one of us sitting here today, become responsible, law-abiding and road safety compliant citizens. Let us understand the importance of road safety in our children and ensure they become ambassadors for these campaigns,” she said.
She concluded by saying that, “having painted the grim picture and having indicated the measures to curb road accident fatalities and road accidents as a whole it is imperative that we acknowledge that the ultimate actions lie with us.
We have to, through abiding to road safety and actively creating road safety awareness, become the custodians of road safety as a whole.”
After the event, a roadblock was manned by TLM traffic officers, SAPS and NSOVO Environmental Consulting members. Road safety awareness tips where given to motorists while traffic officers were doing routine vehicle inspections.
Grace Rasesepa, Manager: Social Services and Jackey Mamome, of the Traffic Department, addressing learners from Ysterberg and Deo Gloria primary schools before walking in the town streets as part of OTM.
Some of the Grade 6 learners who participated in the Road Awareness campaign last week.